People on the Move – Asbury~Solomons Island Recognized for Performance Excellence
SOLOMONS, Md. ï‚¾ On April 7, 2008, Asbury~Solomons Island received the Gold Maryland Quality Award at the 23rd Annual Maryland Performance Excellence Awards Conference and Awards Ceremony at the University of Maryland. The award was presented by U.S. Senator Benjamin Cardin and University of Maryland President C. Daniel Mote, Jr.
The awards are Maryland’s highest distinction given for performance excellence, and applicants must complete a rigorous self-examination and application process, after which teams of examiners spend up to 1,000 hours evaluating, scoring, and providing feedback using the National Institute for Standards and Technology’s Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence. The Baldrige Criteria evaluate an organization based upon its: leadership; strategic planning; customer and market focus; measurement analysis and knowledge management; human resource focus; process management; and results.
Given since 1983 by Maryland’s U.S. Senators and the University of Maryland, the awards foster process-based, measurable, continuous improvement that drives results, creating successful organizations that strengthen the Maryland economy.
“This award recognizes that Asbury~Solomons Island continues to develop and provide outstanding services to the seniors we serve,” said Andrew Applegate, President and Executive Director of Asbury~Solomons Island.
It is not the first time performance excellence was recognized — Asbury~Solomons received the U.S. Senate Productivity and Maryland Quality Bronze Award in 2002 and 2004. The award is the first Gold within the Asbury system, whose six communities have all received quality and performance excellence awards within the last several years.
For further information regarding the Maryland Performance Excellence Awards, please visit the official website at www.mpea.umd.us.
Asbury ~Solomons Island received the Gold Award as a continuing care retirement community (CCRC) in Southern Maryland. The community, which is accredited through the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities””Continuing Care Accreditation Commission (CARF””CCAC) provides multiple levels of care, from residential living through skilled nursing care, for nearly 500 residents.